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Home    Newsroom    News Releases    CoxHealth News: October 2007    CoxHealth Network expands agreement with Coventry Health Care
CoxHealth Network expands agreement with Coventry Health Care

Although final details of a contract remain pending, CoxHealth Network has signed a letter of agreement with Coventry Health Care giving an estimated 23,000 people with Coventry Health Care and First Health insurance plans access to the network's services in 2008.

"We are thrilled to welcome these residents of southwest Missouri to the services and facilities of CoxHealth," said Terri Winning, vice president of the CoxHealth Network. "We greatly look forward to this significant expansion of our partnership with Coventry Health Care in the delivery of world class quality health care to our region."

CoxHealth Network's relationship with Coventry Health Care, which previously covered approximately 4,000 individuals, will grow with the addition of an estimated 19,000 people covered under Coventry Health Care's First Health Network plan, Winning said.

While negotiation of final contract terms is continuing, Coventry Health Care and CoxHealth Network representatives signed a preliminary letter of agreement on September 30, Winning said. The contract will ultimately extend CoxHealth Network services to local residents covered by several of Coventry Health Care's insurance plans, including Coventry Health Care of Kansas, Inc., Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company, Coventry Health Care National Network, The Mail Handlers Benefit Plan, and First Health Network.

Effective January 1, 2008, residents covered by those plans will become eligible to use any CoxHealth hospital, CoxHealth Regional Services family medicine physicians, Ferrell-Duncan Clinic specialists, and most of the independent physicians participating in the CoxHealth Network.

Coventry Health Care ( is a diversified national managed healthcare company based in Bethesda, Maryland, operating health plans, insurance companies, network rental and workers' compensation services companies. Through its Commercial Business, Individual Consumer & Government Business, and Specialty Business Divisions, Coventry provides a full range of risk and fee-based managed care products and services to a broad cross section of individuals, employer and government-funded groups, government agencies, and other insurance carriers and administrators.


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